Video, CD, TV project for Hackney’s top busker

Peregrine McCafferty films busker Michael Gregovich in Dalston for promo video for Mikey's music CD 190314 ©

UPDATE: Press link for Peregrine McCafferty’s video promoting Soul of a man, by Down Dalston Lane (aka Michael/Mikey)

BUSKER to Kingsland Shopping Centre by public demand, Michael “Mikey” Gregovich, has finally made a CD – and a film-maker is making a video to launch it.

The public a while ago stepped in with a petition for Gregovich to be allowed to continue to busk on the ramp from the car park – and the album, a five-track EP, has long been the wish of the man who likes to perform as Down Dalston Lane.

In his decade or so at the centre he has been assaulted, his guitar smashed, his pitifully modest Christmas Eve takings stolen, his pitch invaded by beggars, pressured by a security company and told that to make way for the multimillion-pound redevelopment of the mall.

Busker Michael Gregovich in Dalston ©
King of Kingsland: aka Down Dalston Lane

Life was once different for Gregovich, who says he worked as a sound engineer in the music business but that broke up, along with a band he was in and things went downhill, leaving him broke and  homeless.

Among the passers-by who has been taken with Gregovich’s pleasant tinkling and soft voice and his refusal to inflict Blowin in the Wind let alone Streets of London on them is visual-effects expert Peregrine McCafferty. Pausing to chat one day with the singer-composer, he offered to make a promo for the EP.

They have been filming it over several weeks – the plot is something about Gregovich turning into a zombie – for which he looks well cast, as you can see in the picture above of the two of them.

Loving Dalston has seen a tiny bit of the film and it has a captivating Dalston look . Hardly surprising: McCafferty is a partner in Peanut, a local special-effects firm that has worked on Gravity, Captain Phillips and Edge of Tomorrow, although he emphasises that the Down Dalston Lane video is a private project.

It’s not the only time lately that the cameras have been on Gregovich, who is in his fifties. He says that a Dalstoner asked him to play at a wedding featured in a BBC Three reality series Don’t Tell the Bride.

The CD, Soul Of A Man, features three of his compositions.

Gregovich, who is in his fifties, said: “The other two are our recordings of a blue song.

“I just started a 12-bar blues, thinking it would be an easy way to ease the other six musicians into the session.”

David Altheer 200414

* A website being developed for Gregovich will offer Soul Of A Man for sale via Paypal at £5. Loving Dalston will give details as soon as possible.

* Backstory: Dalston mall threat?, Into the Vortex, Robbed again  and Dalston busker to record 

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